October 27, 2014

my weekly to-dos...

First things first: Thank you to everyone who had such kind words about the birthday album I made for Eisley! I appreciate everyone who took the time to comment and enter the giveaway, as well. (I want to try to spread the goodness around and do at least one giveaway each month from here on out. That's the hope!) As always, I used the good old random number generator over at Random.org to choose a winner, and congrats to Noe for winning the giveaway!

In other news, this year just continues to fly by. I can hardly believe it's almost November. Granted, I may be speeding things up by already diving into my Christmas movie collection…but, still. No regrets!

Here's a look at last week's to-do list and my list for the week ahead:

Last week's goals:

Marriage, Motherhood & Home Life
 — Food prep Sunday (made hardboiled eggs, peeled/sliced fresh veggies for snacking this week, and made a pot of steel cut oats for at least 4 breakfasts)
 — At-home movie night with Jay (watched Saving Mr. Banks, and I may have ugly-cried for a full hour, but it was such a fantastic movie!)
 — Take Eisley somewhere new (we went to a pet store that we've driven by so many times, but had never gone inside until this past week…so much fun for a 3 year old!)
 — Begin week 4 of 4 Weeks to a More Organized Home

 — Finish reading one book
 — Complete daily devotions (I've been slacking for the past couple weeks—I'm learning that if I don't do my early-morning routine, these are always forgotten!)

Creativity & Blogging
 — Post one DIY project (right over here)
 — Gather items for Etsy sale
 — Create spreadsheet for monthly income

 — Send one piece of snail mail

Here is a closer look at last week in my world:
two peas in a pod | yourwishcake.com
Jay and I kind of dropped the ball when it came to planning a weekend pumpkin patch outing. This past weekend we kind of looked at each other and were all, "Wait, is this the last weekend we can go?" So, we ended up going to one that felt more like a low-budget carnival, but at least we got our pumpkin (and a photo that I actually want to frame). We were thinking that if this hadn't worked out, we could have just taken Eisley's photo in front of the huge box o' pumpkins at Vons and called it a day. Parents of the year!

thoughts | yourwishcake.com
I love how often I've come across verses that I don't remember ever reading before, but completely love. Especially when they fit so perfectly into my days.

Clearly, this is a photo of Elsa. | yourwishcake.com
Eisley is finally rediscovering her love of coloring and drawing (she apparently took several months off to focus on her puzzle addiction) and has started filling pages with these sweet little people. She always draws cheeks on faces, which I find quite charming. The above drawing is Elsa, which I'm sure you knew right away because of the line (er, braid) coming right out of the head. (It's actually a little haunting if you stare into those vacant eyes for too long. Can't…look…away…)

she wrote her name! | yourwishcake.com
I'm glad we've made the time to do our workbooks almost every day for 10-20 minutes. (I'm also grateful a homeschooling friend-of-the-family gave me a stack of pre-k workbooks she no longer needed!) Her progress makes me excited to continue with it all. Eisley is very excited about learning how to draw all her letters (as well as the sounds) and this past week she drew her full name unassisted for the first time. I was so proud of my little chickadee.

This week's goals:

Marriage, Motherhood & Home Life
 — Try one new recipe (I have my eye on this roasted broccoli or these flautas)
 — More undistracted playtime with Eisley during the day
 — Begin week 4 of 4 Weeks to a More Organized Home

 — Finish reading one book
 — Get back to my morning routine
 — Solo shopping trip (to spend a gift card generously given to me by my parents!)

Creativity & Blogging
 — Crochet something new
 — Work on landing page for DIY projects

 — Organize Christmas shopping list
 — Decide on Halloween costume for Eisley (why am I always so last-minute with this?)

As always, thanks for reading, friends! I hope each of us has a rather lovely beginning of the week.


  1. I'm just now buckling down to serious Christmas organization. I am not ready at all. Good luck with your shopping list!

    And totally unrelated, but I absolutely love your glasses!

  2. I have thoughts:
    1. That picture of you and Eisley - wow! Gorgeous girls! (And those glasses really are GREAT on you.)
    2. Meredith is also addicted to puzzles right now. I'm encouraging it because it's one of the only children's activities that I don't mind doing with her over and over.
    3. Eisley writes so well!! Just the other day Meredith told me she was going to write an "H" and then she did it. That was my first clue that she could write any letter at all. Totally letting daycare take this one for me. :)

  3. Clearly, she needs to be Elsa. And yes, that picture of the two of you needs to be framed, ASAP. You win. Most of the three in my class are lucky if they can trace their name, much less write it.

  4. I've seen a drinking game where you knock one back every time someone shows up as Elsa at your house for trick or treating. I love it. I also love seeing all your goals on Mondays! I love the purposeful way you set it all up!

  5. Solo shopping trips are the best! I can't remember the last time I actually went shopping by myself ... I need to make that happen! I love the picture of you + Eisley - she's adorable, and I love your glasses!


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